Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Easy to Make Ice Cream & Butter

Making ice cream or butter can be an easy and fun kid-friendly activity. Follow these simple instructions to turn milk and cream into delicious dairy products!

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag from Spoonful.com 
Ingredients & Supplies
Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint-size ziplock bag
1 gallon-size ziplock bag
Your favorite mixins such as chocolate chips, cereal pieces, or fresh fruit.
This recipe serves one.



1. Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly. 
2. Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Feel the small bag to determine when it's done. 
3. Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add mix-ins, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Easy cleanup too!

A day camp group made ice cream in a bag during a recent visit to our dairy;
The ingredients they used - you can substitute half & half for milk
They placed ice in empty coffee containers then put the ingredients in one gallon bags
The campers took turns shaking the containers
The kids enjoyed the yummy ice cream!
I spoke with the campers about the story of milk from cow to store

This butter recipe is super easy. You can make it in your home with one or two children with a group of kids in a classroom.

Butter Making
Ingredients & Supplies:
Heavy Whipping Cream
Plastic contain or jar with a lid
Optional: marbles
Saltine crackers for serving

Pour heavy whipping cream into plastic cups until about ½ full. Let the cream warm to room temperature (do not microwave). Shake the container for about 10 minutes. In a classroom, have 5-6 children take turns shaking the container. You can add a marble or two to the container to help with the mixing. Pour off the liquid and add salt to taste. Spread onto a saltine cracker and enjoy tasting the butter!

Ideas to enhance your butter making experience; 
1. To add flavor to your butter, add garlic, herbs or other mix-ins.
     2. To make decorative butter for a special occasion, place the butter in candy molds and refrigerate it until hard.
     3. Make this into a science project! Measure the milk temperature, record how much time it takes to turn cream into butter, test this process at different milk temperatures to see if there’s a difference, mix one batch using a marble and one without.

 Have fun and enjoy!

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